theoretically an Ash Child could never become stronger than a regular vampire. They at the very most can only be half-vampire, as there has to be a balance between the human and undead sides of their essence. Adding blood of a vampire to an existant Ash Child would not make them any stronger, other than the usually ghouling powers of the blood. This wouldnt be passed on.
Why wound't they breed a large population? Because the basic power of the blood looses potency every generation, and even with the most careful of tending the blood will thin to the point where it is non-existant. Ash Children also have several enemies to limit their powers.
Vampires hate them and will kill them if it all possible. Why shouldn't they, the ash children are immune to their powers. They must also fight their bestial urges, to lair in the dark and feed on blood. They succumb to the dark taint in their blood and become monsters and cannibals to be put down by their vampire hunting brethern or by other powers that be. Go to Comment
A mercenary liason, quite a wonderful idea Ria, and well done. I especially like the excerpts of dialog placed through the posting, gives a feeling of authenticity and the impression that Arkath is rather a busy man. One idea I had was that he could have the worry of threats on his life, should a contract go sour. The offending party (employer or merc) might not like the idea of a permanent record of their ill-dealings. Go to Comment
I encountered the term Sippenhaft while reading Greg Isles(?) Spandau Phoenix, and it is a germanic term that goes back to the more brutal norse times. Sippenhaft is the practice of eliminating not only one person by assassination, but the complete and total eradication of his or her blood family. This includes all of the elders, the women, and the children. The practice was 'revived' (not 100% sure on that) during the Nazi era of WWII, where some germans who tried to assassinate Hitler were imprisoned and only executed after their entire family was killed first.
It is her working name, one adopted for the brutal definition of the term. In a sense it is a demonstration of her methodical and vindictive work ethic. As for the local tongue, I would assume that the name means nothing in particular, and generally accorded it as a term of an archaic language. Go to Comment
An absolutely stunning story wrapped in a bad name. I liked the presentation format of an oral tradition that reveals a dichotomy of the perceived story, and the real story. Kudos to you Wildcorn for the dark version of Le Morte de Arthur
If the name didn't make me think of a shard of the storm laundry tool, I would rate this higher, but as it is, 4 is all I can grant. Go to Comment
While I find the basic premise of dragon-human cooperation questionable, this is a good quality post Dozus. I like the amount of time and attention that went into the details of the Tagma, ranging from dress, to the bonding ceremony. If this is your first post, I'd like to see what else you can put up. Go to Comment
The basis of my questioning of Dragon-Human relations stems from the easily made connection with Dragonlance, and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels. I also have tried to keep dragons and players at arms distance, so to speak, to keep the mystery and mystique of the dragons alive in the face of player experience.
So they are half-demon primitive who are begining the rudiments of civilization after being discarded by their Sethalian masters? Interesting premise, but not enough information, they have neither character or soul. The evoke no emotion from me. Go to Comment
Joseph Campbell would be proud. The names are tongue-twisters and to be perfectly honest, I've given up trying to pronounce them. The story is engaging and the background is interesting. I'd like to know more about the other seven monsters. Go to Comment
Alive in the sense of a sentient, self willed creature, no. In the sense of a massive organism that lacks a nervous system, yes. It exists akin to a giant plant like organism, but it feeds on static electricity, and on the ley lines that run through its borders. It can move and respond to stimulus, but it cannot carry on a conversation. Go to Comment
On route from Geli to Nekrass the characters meet a peasant boy on the road. He's wandering in the direction from which they've just come. If this seems a little bit incongruous, they may wish to ask him a few questions. He's perfectly willing to talk: he's called Lamish and he's run away because he knows he is the heir to the throne of Geli and his parents didn't believe him. How far is his home? About five weeks walk from here. How much has he eaten? Nothing. Has he drunk? Only from the filthy roadside ditches. In short, it's a wonder he is still alive. And yet he seems perfectly healthy.
Is he a thief, waiting for travellers to trick? Is he lying because there's something more sinister under all of this? Is he telling the truth? And anyway, what should the characters do? Do you take him to Geli? Do you try to find his parents? Or leave him to make his own way?